Portrait Henry Trapido-RosenthalHenry Trapido-Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Email: henry.trapido-rosenthal@chaminade.edu
Phone: (808) 735-4808


BI-100 – Principles of Evolution and Ecology, BI-110 – People and Nature – Oceans and Human Health, BI-205 – Cellular and Organismal Biology I, BI-206 – Cellular and Organismal Biology II, BI-320 – Developmental Biology, BI-471 – Ecology, BI-495 – Research Seminar I, BI-496 – Special Topics Seminar, BI-499 – Research Seminar II


Dr. Trapido-Rosenthal’s doctoral work studied the biochemistry, neurobiology and chemical ecology of abalone. He did postdoctoral research at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine BioSciences, studying the chemical senses of the spiny lobster. His marine interests took him to the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR, now Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences), where he continued his work with lobsters and began applying the techniques of molecular biology to the study of coral reef ecology. While at BBSR, he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He also established partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to search the biodiversity of coral reef ecosystems for chemicals of potential pharmaceutical value. In 2005, he joined the newly-established Oceans and Human Health center at the University of Hawai‘i, the Pacific Research Center for Marine Biomedicine, where he continued his participation in academic-industrial research partnerships and taught in both the Department of Oceanography and at the Hawai‘i Institute for Marine Biology. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and by contracts from Boehringer-Mannheim GmbH, Diversa Corporation, Algenol Corporation, and Royal Dutch Shell. He joined the faculty at Chaminade University in 2012. He teaches courses in Cell Biology, Organismal Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, and, importantly, a science course for non-science majors, People and Nature – Oceans and Human Health.


B.S. degrees in Psychology and Biology from the University of Southern California; Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Academic Degrees

Post-doctoral Summer Scholar – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Post-doctoral Fellow – Whitney Laboratory for Marine Biosciences, University of Florida
Ph.D., Biology – University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Psychology, B.S. Biology – University of Southern California

Selected Publications

Locke, J.M., Coates, K.A., Bilewitch, J.P., Holland, L.P., Pitt, J., Smith, S.R., and Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G. (2013) Biogeography, biodiversity, and connectivity of Bermuda’s coral reefs. Coral Reefs of the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories, Volume 4 in Coral Reefs of the World, C. Sheppard, (Ed.), pp. 153-172.

Christensen, S.J., Hemscheidt, T.K., Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., Laws, E.A., and Bidigare, R.R. (2012) Detection and Quantification of β-methylamino-L-alanine in aquatic invertebrates. Limnol. Oceanog.: Methods. 10: 891-898.

Tong, J., Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., Wang, J., Wang, Y., Li, Q.X., and Lu, Y. (2012). Anti-viral activities and putative identification of compounds in microbial extracts from Hawaiian coastal waters. Marine Drugs 10(3) 521-538.

Bienfang, P.K., Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., and Laws, E.A. (2012). Magnification of Risks: Bioaccumulation/biomagnification in food chains. Encyc. Sust. Sci. and Tech. R. A. Meyers (Ed.), Springer Science + Business Media LLC, doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3.

Bienfang, P.K., DeFelice, S.V., Laws, E.A., Brand, L.E., Bidigare, R.R., Christensen, S., Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., Hemscheidt, T.K., McGillicuddy Jr., D.K., Anderson, D.M., Solo-Gabrielle, H.M., Boehm, A.B. and Backer, L.C. (2010) Prominent human health impacts from several marine microbes: History, ecology, and public health implications. Int. Jour. Microbiol. 2011: DOI:10.1155/2011/152815.

Venn, A.A., Loram, J.E., Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., Joyce, D.A., and Douglas, A.E. (2008) The importance of time and place: How genetically-different Symbiodinium algae are distributed in a variable coral reef symbiosis. In press, Biol. Bull.

Loram, J.E., Boonham, N., O’Toole, P., Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., and Douglas, A.E. (2007) Molecular quantification of symbiotic dinoflagellate algae Symbiodinium in corals. Biol. Bull., 212:259-268.

Loram, J.E., Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., and Douglas, A.E. (2007) Functional significance of symbiont clade in a coral reef symbiosis. Molec. Ecol. 16: 4849-4857.

Venn, A.A., Wilson, M.S., Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., Keely, B.J., and Douglas, A.E. (2006) The impact of coral bleaching on the pigment profile of the symbiotic alga Symbiodinium. Plant, Cell Env. 29:2133-2142.

Trapido-Rosenthal, H.G., Zielke, S., Owen, R.J., Buxton, L., Boeing, B., Bhagooli, R., and Archer, J.A. (2005) Increased zooxanthellae nitric oxide synthase activity is associated with coral bleaching. Biol. Bull. 208:3-6.

Service to the Profession

  • Reviewer of manuscripts for a variety for a variety of professional journals
  • Reviewer of grant applications for a variety of funding organizations
  • Member, Institutional Biosafety Committee, University of Hawaii

Research Interests

Marine Ecology, Ecological and Economic Value of Marine Biodiversity, Chemosensory Neurobiology, Oceans and Human Health